During the month of September, Healthy Hearing will be featuring different bloggers in the hearing loss community. From individuals with cochlear implants to parents of children with hearing loss, we'll take a closer look at some of the top blogs and resources available to you! Additionally, each Friday we will have a featured author, an individual who has published a book about their experiences with hearing loss. Make sure to visit Healthy Hearing's Facebook and Twitter pages to enter to win a copy of each book!
According to the Food and Drug Administration, more than 71,000 children and adults in the United States have received cochlear implants. With hearing loss on the rise, it's important to discuss your hearing health with your healthcare professional or audiologist. Individuals with severe hearing loss generally investigate cochlear implants after having an unsuccessful experience with hearing aids. A cochlear implant is a surgically-implanted device which provides a sense of sound to individuals with profound deafness.
Living with cochlear implants can be a challenging, but rewarding adjustment. The following list of individuals not only understand the effects of life with implants, they document their struggles and successes through their blogs. While we're only provided a glimpse into the bloggers' lives, it provides a new outlook to living with cochlear implants.
speak up! is a blog written by the mother of Marielle, a little girl with a moderate-severe hearing loss as the result of two connexin mutations. After receiving hearing aids at three months old, Marielle received her first implant at just under three years old. Through speak up!, readers are taken on a journey of Marielle's hearing health and life with a cochlear implant. The mother describes the little girl as being spirited and incredibly talkative, despite the issues she's had to overcome. The blog also includes videos which provide viewers with the opportunity to see Marielle react in everyday situations.
Stansel Journey chronicles the life of a family with three young children, one who has a severe to profound hearing loss. After recently receiving another hearing test, the daughter, Rachel, will finally receive her cochlear implant in the first week of September. Stansel Journey is penned by the mother and allows readers to follow the journey of their daughter's hearing loss and the hope they have for her cochlear implant treatment. In addition to detailing their daughter's hearing loss, the blog also discusses fertility issues, family values and life as a family of five.
Cacophony to Symphony is a blog written by a teenage girl headed to college. She describes her blog as a teenage girl's journey through life, school, hearing loss and cochlear implants. After successfully receiving her first implant at the age of 12, she received her second when she was 14 years old. Cacophony to Symphony takes readers through her day-to-day activities and how hearing loss has impacted them, in addition to cochlear implant and hearing loss product reviews. With college in her future, she plans to provide readers a realistic look at navigating hearing loss and college life.
Life, Laugh, Love, Family is a blog dedicated to a family of four with two young children, Christian and Lily. Christian was born deaf and received his first cochlear implant at 14 months of age and his second at five years old. The 30-something mother seeks to write about life with an implanted child and a hearing child and the chaos that ensues. With humor and humility, this blog discusses the family's fears about having a deaf child and the amazing strides and accomplishments they've made along the way.
For the Love of Ava is another parent-written blog which takes a look at life with a child who has a severe or profound deafness. The young girl, Ava, was diagnosed with rofound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in 2008 and received simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants when she was nine months old. Now, at the age of four, she is on track with other preschoolers. The mother describes their journey as a challenging, but incredibly successful and blessed event. Readers get to watch Ava grow up as she learns to hear and understand around her.